Kimi Raikkonen ended the winter tests in the same way as he started them, by finishing first. If what he did is going to translate in the same manner starting March 18th then the “big teams” will have a real fight on their hands.

Kimi_Raikkonen-Barcelona_Day_4  Today was the last day of pre-season tests and also the last day when valuable data about the cars could be collected. The pilots program was very similar to what it was in the previous days, they focused on short stints in the morning followed by racing simulations in the afternoon.

  Lotus and Kimi Raikkonen have ended the pre-season tests with a bang after 121 laps and with a time of only: 1:22.030 (the best time of the week) and it seems that they are sending a clear message that last year gremlins are gone. Alonso managed to get his Ferrari on the second place and everyone was under the impression that they’ve made a lot of progress understanding the new F2012 but then Pat Fry came along and said that the team is disappointed with the results and they don’t have any big hopes for Australia. But to get back on  the positive side of things we need to mention Bruno Senna who was the surprise of the day after he managed a good 3rd position with the W34.

  Last on the grid today was surprisingly the World Champion Sebastian Vettel who made only 15 laps in the morning session and then he came back on the track only on the final minutes of the test after he broke the front wing of the Red Bull single-seater and then back in the garage the engineers found a serious problem with the gearbox leaving Vettel almost completely clueless about the new upgrades installed on the car.

  HRT and Marussia were not present at this tests but HRT will have a filming day tomorrow at the Circuit de Catalunya while Marussia are hoping to do the same in Silverstone next week.

Today results table:


Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 01:22.030 121
02. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 01:22.250 115
03. Brazil Bruno Senna Williams F1 01:22.296 53
04. Germany Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 01:22.312 101
05. Japan Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 01:22.386 72
06. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 01:22.430 115
07. Russia Vitaly Petrov Caterham F1 01:22.795 101
08. Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes AMG Petronas 01:22.939 100
09. Columbia Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 01:23.347 48
10. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 01:23.393 100
11. Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 01:23.608 23

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